My tips for making perfect scones

buttermilk-scones-2Fluffy, buttery and warm from the oven, scones seem to be one my mum’s favourite things. So when I extended my stay in KL (topped off by the fact I was restless from not having cooked anything for weeks) Mum invited some of her friends over for some morning tea. I guess you could call it a mutually beneficial agreement – they wanted to eat and I needed to cook, after all, it’s been months since I’ve cooked, baked or otherwise made anything from scratch. Can you tell I’m getting restless? We’ve only been in temporary accommodation in Sri Lanka with an awful kitchen for I don’t know… fifty three whole days.

But let’s not get distracted. I’m here to tell you all about scones. The kind that are slightly crisp on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside. Not too biscuity, and not too cakey either. They should be good enough to eat on their own, though of course they’d be even better topped with jam and cream. Or if you’re like Mum, butter AND jam and cream. …

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Why I’m not in love with Noodles at Cinnamon Grand

noodles-cinnamon grandTucked into the lower levels of Cinnamon Grand in Colombo, is a restaurant that promises to satisfy your craving for noodles. If, like me, you can’t go more than two weeks without Asian food – then Noodles is a welcome sight indeed. There’s not a huge amount of South East Asian food in Colombo, and it comes pretty highly recommended by the expats around town.

Walking in, we’re greeted with a display of all the varieties they have on offer, it’s a good selection and I have to admit that for the first time in a while, i’m getting excited for dinner….

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Best Ever Peanut Butter Meringue Buttercream

Peanut Butter Buttercream Frosting

I hate icing. Frosting, if you want to be all technical about it. I scrape it off cupcakes, slip it under the table to dogs (or cats if they’ll eat it, kids if there are any). Occasionally, I can pass it off to one of the many frosting lovers in the vicinity – you know the ones, they’re happier about the icing than the cake.

I know there’s a few of us frosting skeptics out there. Bad frosting, which is often the stuff on most store-bought cupcakes is greasy, overly fatty and much too sweet. The oily taste sticks to your tongue and clings to the roof of your mouth. It ruins perfectly good cake. Am I being overly dramatic? I don’t think so.

Back when I was a teenager and first learnt to bake, buttercream was the go to icing of choice. Whip butter, add copious amounts of icing sugar and try to disguise it all with a drop of some extract. It’s no wonder then that the resulting frosting tastes like buttery sugar (not in a good way)….

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